My First Day with the Missouri Pharmacy Association

erica-schenewerkI was a little nervous entering my first day of the rotation. I was not sure what the rotation would entail, other than a very different perspective of pharmacy than what I was familiar with. I have been a member of the Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA) for several years during pharmacy school, but I never fully understood the role MPA played in pharmacy practice. I was excited to be able to experience this different but important part of the pharmacy profession.

There were a couple of things that I knew I wanted to take away from the rotation. I want to learn all I can learn about the legislative side of pharmacy and what the MPA specifically does. I also want to learn how I can do my part as a pharmacist to remain involved and be a voice for pharmacists in the future. I believe it is very important for pharmacists to continue to develop and promote the profession. It is important that we as pharmacists stay in tune with the issues the profession is facing and up to date with the ever changing pharmacy world.

Going forward into the rotation, I am ready to learn everything I can about the MPA. I am excited to have an opportunity to learn what the MPA does for Missouri pharmacists and how the association operates. I will be spending some time with various staff members who work each day to carry out the mission of the MPA. I am excited to learn what each of their roles consists of and how it fits in to the MPA as a whole. I have no doubt that I will learn everything there is to know about the MPA and how to remain involved as I continue on my journey as a future pharmacist.

Erica Schenewerk
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Pharm.D. Candidate 2016

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